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Monday, 29 September 2014

HMRC Can Now Collect £17K of Tax Debts Directly From Pay Packets

Courtesy of a measure announced in the 2013 Budget, and enacted via secondary legislation, HMRC will as from this week be able to collect up to £17,000 a year of tax debts directly from high earners’ pay packets (the current limit is £3,000).

Tim Stovold, a partner of Kingston Smith, is quoted by the FT:
This change has had much less focus than the harshly criticised rules for the direct recovery of debts from bank accounts. If HMRC is denied that ability they are more likely to use these new powers to collect the money from salaries instead.”
Apparently, according to HMRC:
Taxpayers welcome the option to have tax debt collected by instalment. This is a very longstanding feature of the payroll system but the increase in the current threshold will allow more tax debts to be paid in this way.”
Let's see how this goes then!

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  1. Don't understand the criticism of this one, it is mostly going to affect people who want to pay through PAYE rather than making SA lump sum payments. At the min anything 2999 cannot be coded even if the person could afford much more to be. I think if used right this is a change for the better...emphasis on "if" used right

  2. Having read the full article the £17000 will only be collected for those earning £90000, if you earn less than £30000 it remains at £3000, and a sliding scale for those who earn inbetween £30000 & £90000

  3. It's only coding out at the end of the day, it's not some draconian new power like the Daily Wail would have you believe.